Clive Gibson-Leitch, via email
I’VE BEEN SET UP
Dear Guitarist, last month, enthused by your recent review, I bought a Martin Junior Dreadnought. I have lusted after a Martin all my long life, but when I got it out of the box, I was a bit disappointed.It looked and sounded great, but the action was way too high and the strings too thick, so I couldn’t do any of the cool bends that are part of my style. So I took it to Oxford’s Dave Smart and told him how I wanted it to sound and feel.
A few days later, I got the guitar back: it was now the guitar of my dreams. He transformed it from an instrument that I wouldn’t have bothered to pick up to something I lay my hands on whenever I can. And all for £30! Dave has also done similar jobs for my mate on his Epiphone acoustic and Squier Telecaster, identifying any problems and solving them. Many of your readers are clearly able to set up guitars for themselves, but for those of us who can’t – get a professional setup: the results are incredible!
As featured in Readers Letters of Guitarist magazine, Issue 401, December 2015